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As you might have noticed, we at BigFourZa have kind of taken this season review thing more seriously, and at the same time have decided to educate people attending management examinations in its unique inimitable ways. Today we look at the extent to which the following games affected Liverpool’s bleddy season and continued to haunt us till the very end.

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Apologies for staying AWOL for a ridiculous amount of time. Even the most vicious, heinous, scouse-blood sucking vampire of a Manc would have taken note of my situation and cut me some slack. But then again this whole review thing smells like the Manc’s idea. Doing a season review is bad enough, and doing it in a series of posts makes me feel like some Lord Masoch at his fiendish best. Here I start with our pre-season woes.

As you can see, the Y-axis indicates my morality levels which are not going to be very pleasing as time goes by. On the X-axis you shall forgive my Star Trek geekness. (more…)

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Keeping in line with the graphical representation that we at BigFourZa have decided to adopt to do our season review to avoid the usual raaaambling that typifies any other season review, here’s United’s pre-season in pictures. It wasn’t much, just a few world-record transfers, trippy free transfers and the usual writing off of us by everyone in the world…

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, I did not go into depression over the past week watching Chelshit p(l)ay their way to the fourth league title in their non-existent history. In a season where no team really got any sort of run going, Chelsea was probably the most consistent. Of course, they also didn’t lose 6 of their starting back four to injury over months like us or lose the only player capable of putting a ball into a goal like the poor Scouse. Arsenal are of course bound to lose 6 people to injury every season. But all things said and done, fair play to them. The diginified concession of the title by SAF after their demolition of Wigan is prrof of this general sentiment. What we definitely proved this season though is this:

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When Mr. Liverpool played his best pass all season for Drogba to round Liverpool’s best  player all season and put Chelsea 1-0 up at Anfield, our own Kop Writer on this blog said that ‘he had never ROTFLed so hard all season’. It was not that the pathetic back-pass was absurdly comical, it could NOT have been funny at all for a Scouser. Just ask any Gooner about Fabianski’s basketball dunk on Bramble’s head. It was not the bad-movie-villain-type muhahahaha either, at denying the blood rivals from the other town the chance to overtake them as England’s ‘Best Ever’. It was probably close to a laugh of resignation – at the match, at the season, at the manager, and at this moment pictured below. But even so, I’m not sure that was the only cause behind my Scouser friend ROTFLing.

United for the title? No thanks, I'll Pass

The thing is, England’s not the only league where this has happened this season. And that sets up a very interesting pattern of events to unfold across Europe in the coming couple of weeks. (more…)

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Long Long ago in a Galaxy far far away, two opposing forces were lined against each other in the ultimate battle for North London. The evil Empire under Ze Darth Wenger had long established supremacy over the region and the stuttering Rebel alliance. The Rebels had managed to regroup a couple of years ago and had thought they finally gained a foothold in the battle when the Empire sent out its most evil weapon yet to put paid to their hopes. Their mild-mannered, non-crossing rightback by day was indeed the fearsome, the indomitable, the taking-entire-teams-out supervillain by night… La Sagna!

Sagna... La Sagna!

Two years later though, under the nerveless Harry Solo the Rebels finally got their greatest victory ever. (more…)

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A Statement of Intent.

Sunday Best” screams a popular English daily as I read on with upturned lips and sparkling eyes. In yet another nod to the Chilli Peppers, also one of my favorite bands, my smiling eyes are just a mirror for The Sun.

There are two Chelsea teams that I have seen this season. There’s the one that has done a deserved double over United and Arsenal, put seven past Villa and Sunderland, one that has bullied the likes of Wolves and Blackburn. And there’s the one that turned up at White Hart Lane and lost the plot, the one that Inter dismembered so unceremoniously.

Stoke have had one of the best defensive records away from home in the league. Having conceded only sixteen goals before this game, there was a little bubble of doubt at the back of my mind about our ability to break them down in such a crunch game. Thankfully, the Chelsea team that turned up today was the one that plays some sharp-looking stuff , all at a high tempo, which even the most fanatical United or Arsenal fan will admit is a pleasure to watch.

There exist certain difficulties in reviewing a 7-0. Everyone has had a good game. It’s tough to hand out the spotlight to anyone in particular when there are four different people scoring and five different people coming up with assists. There is no real insight to give.What is extremely easy, however, is to bandy about words such as  “rampant“, “thrashing“, “breathtaking” and “Jesus H. Christ“.

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